A Tablet Mac, But Not From Apple

Mac users have been clamoring for a tablet-based Mac for some time now, and ThePlaceforitAll.com is hoping to fill that niche. According to ZDNet, the company has developed an after-market conversion that turns a standard iBook G4 into a tablet Mac called iTab.

The iTab replaces the iBook display with a touch-screen thatis attached where the keyboard and trackpad should be. It includes a stylus in lieu of a mouse, along with all of the accessories and software that the iBook ships with.

The concept is great, but there are a couple of issues to be aware of. First, converting an iBook into an iTab voids Appleis warranty. Second, the new touch-screen display isnit compatible with Appleis InkWell technology. To enter text, you need to purchase KeyStrokes from AssistiveWare, which adds US$299 to the iTabis price tag.

ThePlaceforitAll.com plans to sell 100 iTabs. As Apple upgrades the iBook, the company will produce 100 more based on the new iBook design. Each unit is being sold on eBay with a starting bid at $1,500.